Mainly thought of mainly around the fall and holidays, butternut squash is perhaps one of the most underrated of all fruits (yes, squash is fruit).
Key Features and Benefits:
- May aid in weight loss - the combination of low calories and more fiber (one cup has 83 calories and 7 grams of fiber) may help to control weight*
- May help in fighting Heart Disease, Cancer and Mental Decline- The antioxidants in brightly colored plant such as butternut squash have been shown to help heart health, protect against mental decline and certain types of cancer.*
- Lots of Nutrients - Especially vitamins A, C, B, and E as well as magnesium and potassium.*
- Pasta sauce. As a sauce, butternut is great when a little sweetness is desired. Can be used over zoodles, pasta, on roasted veggies or on pizza.
- Roasted - Roasted squash can be enjoyed as is or with balsamic glaze. Great added to salads.
- Baked Fries - A lower calorie alternative to potatoes.
- Boiled / Pureed - Boiled squash can be used mashed. Pureed it can be added to oatmeal to add creaminess and sweetness.
- Steamed - Steam squash if you will not be using the water used for boiling. This preserves more of the nutrients.
Source: Healthline, Is Butternut Squash Good for You? Calories, Carbs, and More. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/butternut-squash#uses